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transportation, a lot about marin county from hal. he is the cousin of our governor, jerry brown. he was appointed to fill a vacancy created on the board of supervisors when supervisor boxer was elected to the house of representatives. he served many residents in marin county and truly the bay area, working on a number of regional agencies. i know he was proud to be a member of the golden gate bridge and he served as its president for some time. we had that -- he had that top right corner seat. hal was a great human being, a great man. his son was in supervisor farrell's district. he was a -- high school alum along with supervisor cohen. undoubtedly, his family and the people of marin county will miss him. if we adjourned in his memory, i
would be most grateful. president chiu: without objection, that shall be the case. supervisor campos: thank you. i want to thank supervisor elsbernd for that in memoriam. i have a couple of items. the first item is a hearing request on a very important project in development that we have that is taking place in the mission district. if you look at the 10 lowest performing schools in san francisco, unfortunately, seven of those 10 schools are in district 9. many of them are in the mission district. i am proud to say that working closely with the mayor's office and the school district, my office, along with many members of the community in the mission have just received a grant that allows the community to begin planning for how to improve the
quality of those schools, and depending on what happens with that grant, planning, that -- there is the potential that millions of dollars could be in fused to the community in the next three years and that is something that would be of tremendous benefit to all the children and families of the mission. i am calling for a hearing at the joint school district and city committee on that item. the second is a hearing request that also be referred to the city and school district select committee. that is on the issue of the rainy day fund. we know that the rainy day fund which was created by the board of supervisors has played an important role in protecting basic services at the san francisco unified school district. it is because of the rainy day fund that for many years as other cities and other school districts were laying off teachers here -- lange off
teachers, here in the city and county of san francisco, we did not have to do that. i am very grateful. and for the thousands of families that send their kids to public schools that protecting the rainy day fund is a priority and it is important that we maintain our eye on that and we have a discussion and i understand that recently, mayor lee made some comments about how the money in the rainy day fund should be allocated. i do not think that anyone of us is questioning the need for the city and the school district to have a conversation about maximizing school district property and the same thing should be done on the city side. i want to make sure that as we move forward in that discussion that we protect the original intent and purpose of the rainy day fund, because so many kids depend on it and benefit from it. that is a hearing request. the rest i submit. thank you very much. >> thank you.
supervisor avalos. we will skip over supervisor avalos temporarily. supervisor mar. supervisor mar: thank you, madam clerk. i would like to end the meeting in honor of margaret peggy mccarthy. she was loved by many. she was raised in the outer district by her parents, both from ireland. she attended star of the sea elementary district -- elementary an. their story began at the krb dance hall and there were married. their children, julie, cathy,
and brian. she took great pride in her grandchildren. while being a devoted mother and fireman's wife, she worked for san francisco unified school district for over 26 years. she ended her career at san francisco city college's counseling office. she was a member of the hibernian st. francis district, division 1 and the united irish cultural center. she proudly donned a pink coat for over 20 years as a whole series bollinger. sh-- volunteer. as a catholic, her spirituality and devotion served for all her life. starting each day with a rosary and finishing each day with a glass of pinot noir. she loved a bergen and was a
tenacious center -- shopper. she will be remembered by her straightforward character. her ability to always speak her mind and her no-nonsense attitude. she will -- we will hold dear her easy smile, a generous french, and humor. she leaves behind her family and friends who will miss her. a memorial mass will be held at holy name of jesus church saturday march 10 at 10:30 a.m. donations can be made to juvenile diabetes research foundation. in san francisco. i urge us to end the meeting in honor of margaret mccarthy. the rest i will submit. >> thank you. supervisor farrell. supervisor farrell: thank you. i have a few items. i want to talk to one of them. i want to thank my colleagues for our totals.
i appreciate the dialogue and i thought we had a good and honest debate. there was no consensus here at the board on what can happen. that is why i am introducing a charter amendment for the november ballot today that will eliminate ranked choice voting for citywide elections. i am pleased to see the support building here at the board of supervisors. i know there was talk at the end of our last debate about a lot of people supporting it for mayoral elections. this will apply to all citywide elections. i want to thank my colleagues were supporting me as co- sponsors. supervisor olague, supervisor cohen, supervisor a elsbernd, supervisor chu, and scott weiner. this is not a progressive or moderate issue. this is a democratic one. it is -- ranked choice voting
has continued to confuse and disenfranchise voters for over a decade. it is time to restore or voting system to the one-person one- vote rule. although i would have preferred to eliminate it for all actions across san francisco, i do believe in building consensus at the board. toomey, this is a significant step in the right direction, and -- to me, this is a significant step in the right direction. supervisor wiener: thank you. i would like to submit an in memoriam for ronnie montrose, a san francisco resident, born in st. luke's. a well-regarded guitar player, having played with herbie hancock, and your winter group, boz scaggs. we produce a lot of talent and
it is tragic one our best and brightest passes. i want to note for those who missed this yesterday, we had a terrific hearing at the land use committee on the economic impact study for nightlife i had requested the city economist to perform. it was very interesting -- a very interesting hearing. for those of you who have not reviewed the import -- the report, wish to do so. there is 48,000 jobs and 55 million in tax revenue. these numbers are conservative and are probably higher. i look forward to an ongoing dialogue about the role of nightlife and entertainment in our city. now we know what we always believed that entertainment and nightlife is not just simply about the culture of our city, although that is very important, but also about our economy. thank you. >> thank you.
supervisor olague. supervisor olague: i wanted to mention briefly i will be submitting paper work, a resolution that will initiate designation of real property at 301 geary st.. the gold dust lounge. i want to make mention of that. i do want to mention that there are many residents of district 5 who did contact me and they are concerned that another piece of san francisco will be replaced by a formula retailer. erases the larger question -- it raises the larger question. since this is one of the areas that many tourists and it is -- internationally renowned people are always there at the turnaround. people have concerns that sense for miller retailers -- formula
retailers are in that area, will people be stepping out of their hotels and walking into an over-proliferation of pharmacies and formula retail stores? at some point, we need to reflect on what representation we want for san francisco so that we somehow retain the character. when you go into the neighborhoods like the fillmore, the upper haight, divisadero, there is a lot of character come right uniqueness, independently owned establishments. people are calling for preservation of san francisco, its values, its history. it goes deeper than just the gold dust lounge although i think it has become symbolic for many people of san francisco. in the spirit of that, i submit
this today. >> thank you. supervisor cohen. supervisor cohen: i have one simple request. close at the board in the memory of mrs. mary howard. ms.the mother of ms. clark. >> seeing no other names, that concludes introductions. the next is the opportunity for the public to address the board. including those items on the adoption without committee reference. the portion of the agenda and excluding those items that have been considered by a board committee. speakers using translation assistance will be allowed twice the amount of time. if a member of the public would like a document to be displayed, please clearly state such and remove the document when the screen returns to live coverage of the meeting.
it is my pleasure to talk with you about what is going on here, in san francisco. as you know, i am [unintelligible] in the last month, the u.s. has lost a great singer, whitney houston. you can see her picture on my t- shirt. i am a fan. i want to tell you the truth. it is our time. i include myself to take care of
the homeless. we see them. many of them, they take drugs. i hope to see many of you have courage like many of our supervisors, such as former supervisor fiona, and [unintelligible] the grateful supervisor, jane kim. they have been with me to the shelter. some have courage to stay there one night to see, it is shame when you see or ask one of our supervisors, have you been to the shelter in the district. he does not know how many shelters you have. i try to save the lives of
the poor people who get drugs before the get their own food. i believe the second one, he has becoming after the mayor which is close to me, he going to hear for what i said. he is going to prove it will be soon in the shelter to see whathe can -- to see what he can do. thank you, john. >> don't give money from the french and foundation. for democracy, there must be accountability. to the extent we have a democracy, our society has set up required disclosures to make that accountability possible. i have pointed out before that reports are required to be submitted to the state attorney general. these forms show the friends of
the library have had in come of over 35 million in the last 10 years. as part of this disclosure to protect the public, the friends of the library are asked to place a value on the facilities and services they receive from government agencies like the public library. that disclosure is 0. in fact, the friends collect books for book sales in each branch. they've ran a bookstore in the main library claiming to be the highest grossing bookstore in the city. they run events and parties in library facilities. most of all, all revenue from opportunities in newly opened branches goes to the friends. they did not estimate the value they receive from the library because what they give the library would be a joke by comparison. they claim to be a benefactor of the library. yet disclosures also showed barely $4 million to the library
in the same 10-year period. the premise of this disclosure to the state attorney general is the representative for the public are supporters to care. -- are supposed to care. if the representatives of the public or this board -- that system has broken down completely. the private partner has turned public assets into private cash and they get their so-called aristocratic privileges for pennies. there is no accountability. there will not report to your committee of the board of supervisors but the lies cost more than the money. thank you. >> good afternoon. i was sorry to hear that one of the monkees has died, davy jones. i have graphics right here. i met davy jones at macy's.
he autographed it. it was too bad. but, anyway. ♪ cheer up sleepy city ♪ ♪ oh what can it mean to a city day dream believer ♪ ♪ keep the city green ♪ ♪ what can it mean to a city and keep it green ♪ ♪ i once thought of you ♪ ♪ the city is really free and our good times started then ♪ ♪ with more money to spend
next speaker. >> president chiu and supervisors, i have to topics, i am submitting a report and a letter for an investigation of the separation of office -- in my appearances over the last two years, i found the police commission totally irrelevant to what is going on in society and the city and county of san francisco. the paper yesterday proves my case in point. read some changes there. the occ operates as part of the police commission and their investigation is out of line with the investigation they are
having. my eye recommendation is to make it independent of a police department and specifically the police officers association which acts as an umbrella for both units. i'm going to submit to you quickly 12 copies of my report which you already have plus my letter to the mayor and this assembly on that separation. [tone] even know you were given copies, i ask the clerk of the board to give you extra copies. i know there was a cancellation of the taxi drivers agenda here but it is my suggestion which i produced in a later paper to separate the taxi commission from the nba. it seems the mta is using a taxi
drivers as a cash cow -- and not dealing with the issues. thank you for your time. president chiu: next speaker. >> in good afternoon, supervisors. i'll lived in san francisco for 60 years. i would like to talk about the recent tragic passing of andrew brietbart. he was a government corruption fighter and don't worry, there are plenty of us left. i would like to read the headline from the "san francisco gate." and associated press exclusive -- obama's transgendered x nanny outcast. i would urge at as required reading for everyone in san
francisco. the third thing is that it was noted today that alan sanford was convicted in a $7 billion ponzi scheme, so score one for the good guys and let that be a warning to everyone else. the next thing i would like to mention is that senator leland yee introduced legislation to adequate disclosure on whistle blower complaints. i'm glad to say that's a step in the right direction and i hope the whistleblower program in san francisco takes note because you cannot hide it indefinitely. the last thing i would like to mention is that a certain x. maier said that someone should resign for shooting an animal. i would like to note that maybe should have resigned for what he
did to that innocent lady and her husband. what he did was an embarrassment and is worth more than a dead cat. thank you. >> i run off the grid in is san francisco. i am here to speak in support of supervisor wiener's resolution, the legislation that would standardize mobil vending 1,500 feet away from schools. supervisor wiener in particular and others have been very ford thinking in the one-size-fits- all approach for mobile spending. and supervisor campos for opposing the of legislation that
would be wrong for san francisco. these businesses are all of the things that san francisco once in this community and it makes it vital, the experience of living here. president chiu: next speaker. >> i am a small business owner in san francisco i am in support of superliner -- supervisor wiener's legislation. it would be nice to sell outside of downtown and the financial district to our local neighborhoods. so thank you. >> good afternoon, a board of supervisors. i am in total support of the resolution.
being that we are a minority- based business, we feel this type of approach will help us to feed what we see as a way to shun us -- i personally feel it doesn't necessarily cover all bases and we think this is a good way to stop what is going on. thank you. president chiu: next speaker please. >> rim a minority-owned business and i'm here to support the opposition -- if this passes it would be absolutely detrimental to continuing business in san francisco and it would prohibit the vending in almost all spot
in san francisco. thank you. president chiu: next speaker. >> i am a minority female mother of two and i am here to support the opposition as a mother, i know -- the concept of children eating at a mobile food truck is random and does not make sense. i know that does not happen without my supervision, so i am in opposition of 1678. thank you. >> a good afternoon. i am the owner of a mobile food
truck and i am a minority female and i am in favor of opposing 1678 for the school. >> i am one of the owners of the kitchen track and i'm here to show my support for supervisor wiener. -- kitchen truck. >> good afternoon. i am a member of americans for save access, america's largest cannabis organization and i am here representing the safe access campaign, a comb -- coalition of patience, owners and st